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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire

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A brawling, rambunctious history celebrating the Empire—and the intrepid empire-builders—that gave the United States, Canada, India, and Australia not just a common language, but common ideals of freedom and justice

The British Empire—the biggest empire in history—once ruled a quarter of the globe. It was built by an incredible array of swashbuckling soldiers and sailors,
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 24th 2011 by Regnery Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Christopher Saunders
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
The PIG Guide to the British Empire advances from a false premise. Namely, that there's an informal conspiracy among academics, historians and "liberals" generally to castigate Britain for "alleged sins of racism, capitalism, and ignorant, judgmental, hypocritical Christian moralism" (3). In popular history, at least, the scales have lately swung the other way: Niall Ferguson, Lawrence James and Saul David have produced a sizable body of work celebrating British imperialism. Surely the layman is ...more
Eustacia Tan
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I was at the Embassy of Japan to do my visa on Monday, I decided to stop by my aunt's house. And then came back with 4 books (and I have to return them before I leave). One of them is this one - The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire.

Now, Singapore was once a British Colony, and then WWII happened, after which, most people decided that they didn't want to work for the British anymore and the struggle for Independence began. Right now, with all our colonial hang-ups, we tend
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Mary Overton
For readers who like their history romantically delusional and full of plucky, grown-up boys busy with the White Man's Burden:
"... the British Empire, for all its occasional missteps and outrages [sic], was a global, Shakespearean stage on which Britons could take part in a glorious adventure, playing Hotspur to headhunters and Henry V to Hottentots. If that sounds boyish, it is meant to, because the Empire was boyish; it trained boys to its tasks in schools of self-denial, cold dirty baths, bad
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Jamie King
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
With such a wide timespan any attempt at a history of the British Empire would be quite the daunting task. This book takes you through the ages glorifying every exploit the Empire set out to. It gives a decent framing of events but as usual is incredibly biased.

I think the author attempted to offended every possible reader of this book. Since the history is so extensive he has a wide palate of all cultures to attack and doesn't hold back. Most notable is that while this book was written in 2011
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Susan
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Got more than half way through but it kept losing my attention . . . history just seems to be about wars and the "major generals" who think so much of themselves . . . yawn. Is there nothing else going on in the empire? Men and their wars I sick of it!
John
Though I love the contrarian nature of a book that purposes to defend the history of British imperialism, the scope of this particular book is way too vast for a single volume. Author H.W. Crocker III not only covers England's involvement in Ireland, the Americas, South Africa, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and most of the Middle East, he also gives chapter-long biographies on around 20 of the most famous and controversial imperialists in Britain's history. For someone like me whose kn ...more
Reza Amiri Praramadhan
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-ebooks
Since most of the time The British Empire was portrayed as a big, greedy, if not evil, entity, it is refreshing to read this book, in which the author argued that as an "Empire in which the sun has never set", the British Empire undoubtedly spread its values such as westminster parliament, liberal democracy, british gentlemanship and its stiff upper lip around the world, from United States, to its tiny outpost such as Falklands. This book is filled with people who stood, fought and died for Brit ...more
Nathan Albright
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
It is a great shame that the audiobook cd I was listening to skipped at times, as this is a greatly entertaining and provocative book to listen to, and one that is worthy of a read for fair-minded individuals. To be sure, those who are most in need of listening to this book to hear of the positive side of British imperialism are likely to be the most close-minded about its contents, and those readers that take the author’s comments in a praiseworthy way at face value will likely be confirmed in ...more
Fiona
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
An accessible romp through imperial history from an American point-of-view. It will certainly make you revise some of those negative assumptions you had about empire. It doesn't excuse any misdemeanors, but does reveal how the British empire improved the infrastructure of many countries and was popular with many (often the majority) of natives. Imperialists also addressed customs of appalling cruelty such as Sati in India and saw off oppressors such as the Mugals.

The inference I had when finish
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Dale
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A breezy look at a worthy topic

Published in 2011 by Regnery Publishing, Inc.
394 pages including extensive notes and an index.

Generally intended as an antidote to the slanted education that many of us have received, the Politically Incorrect Guide (P.I.G.) series is an entertaining series loosely based on the "Idiots Guide..." and the "Dummies..." books.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire is an immensely readable look at the British Empire - it's origins, its ideals, its contr
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Matthew Dambro
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful in your face rendition of the British Empire. H. W. Crocker is an excellent historian who shatters the PC liberal white guilt over the idea of Empire and the British one in particular. The stories are accurate and tongue in cheek enough to raise a laugh on almost every page. His point is well taken that but for the British Empire; the third world would be even more deeply mired in savagery, corruption and tyranny.
Russell Hayes
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Good idea, but not what I expected. Rather than an apology for the british empire, this was more of a biological survey of various figures throughout the empire's history. It was focused more on the lives of those individuals than on the Empire as a whole. That made its central argument less persuasive.
Billy
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not truly a history, but a spirited unapologetic defense of the British Empire. This is more a review of the various regions that the British controlled with the history generally told through chapters that focused on the exploits of a notable Briton like Clive or Gordon or Wellington.

Very entertaining, but as I said not a true history.
J
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I learned some interesting factoids from this history of Britain's colonization period. Be prepared that the author is unashamedly pro-British in his treatment of events. I found the character studies to be the most enlightening and entertaining.
Jennifer
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very anti-non-British. Too one sided for a history book and only covers 400 years of the British empire! The empire that ruled the world is reduced to only the 1500's to the 1900's! I thought it would cover it's ancient empire as well and was disappointed to discover it did not
Lee
Aug 30, 2014 is currently reading it
A shamelessly one-sided celebration of an empire that deserves to be celebrated at least as much as any other empire the world has ever seen. It's not the book to read for nuanced historical analysis, but if you're a proud Anglophile, you may find it an entertaining read.
Brandon Byrd
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
There's a lot of good, interesting history here, but it's more of a series of biographical sketches than a systematic defense of the British Empire.
Russell Hall
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A frank look at the British Empire over all.
Maureen
Oct 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a dud - very selective in what it presented, with the overall message that the British Empire was a godsend to the world.

Clay Davis
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Learned a lot about the British Empire.
Dane
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This book is a corker of a read. Very fun and informative. Makes you want to gather a ship and crew and sail off to relive the adventures of the British Empire.
Matthew
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable. Kind of a story of the great British leaders and the good work they did.
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